Francis has sketched a beguiling vision of a more merciful and compassionate church, but pulling it off will require finding bishops to match.
Oct 11-24, 2013
We say: There are plenty of other stained-glass ceilings in this church that women could break if only Pope Francis would let them.
In an article for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' "Life Issues Forum," Richard Doerflinger seeks to set forth "the facts" about abortion coverage under the Affordable Care Act. To be sure, Doerflinger, the point man for the bishops' conference on pro-life issues, is exceedingly knowledgeable about these matters, and his commitment to the pro-life cause is as admirable as it is obvious. But knowledge and commitment also require a sense of perspective and balance, without which you get a tendentious article like the one he wrote.
Catholics' support is measured because they believe the U.N.'s current Millennium Development Goals were drawn up without the participation of groups working to solve poverty and hunger.
The bank made the report available as part of a series of reforms started by Pope Benedict XVI and pushed forward this year by Pope Francis.
Longtime members of the community are concerns that as nonstudents, they are being dismissed as partners in campus ministry.
Analysis: St. Ignatius of Loyola's spiritual fingerprints are evident in Pope Francis' spirituality and leadership style.
Analysis: By evoking machismo, Francis not only takes a stance against social hierarchy; he also reminds us of his Latin American roots.
America magazine "inadvertently" omitted a sentence from the pope's comments about the role of women in the church, the magazine's editor-in-chief said.
Just Catholic: America magazine in its English translation of Pope Francis' interview made a huge mistake and left out two crucial sentences.